Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Glimpses of Normalcy

As I was baking Kathryn's birthday cake today, I had another glorious glimpse of normalcy. Kathryn could smell the baking from upstairs and came down to the kitchen to investigate. Her pancreas is functioning like it should so she can smell food, savor the aroma, and eat it. Therefore, her anticipation was building this afternoon, and throughout the evening she was feeling celebratory. After blowing out the candles, she savored every bite of her birthday cake. Our hearts are feeling the importance of this season of celebrating, and tonight I had a sense that many more days like this are yet to come. I am ready for the good things to come, and thankful for them before they arrive.

There is a quaint little prayer book called The Valley of Vision that was given to Kathryn that I'd like to quote tonight. One sentence jumped out at me last week that is fitting for this season of praise. "I bless thee for tempering every distress with joy." Amen.